by MARY MAGEE
15-YEAR-OLD boy has become the latest person to lose their life
on the roads here after a silver Land Rover Discovery in which
he was a back sea passenger crashed off Divis Road in Dundrod in
the early hours of Sunday morning.
Paul McDaniel from west Belfast died after
the vehicle he was in lost control and hit a tree around 5am.
A 17-year-old male who was also in the
vehicle was taken to hospital and three men, two aged 20 and one
aged 19, were arrested and released on bail of Monday pending
further enquiries Police are investigating the possibility the
car may have been stolen.
The Divis Road was closed for most of Sunday
and reopened again on Monday after police completed their
investigation at the site.
The young boy who was killed was pupil at La
Salle school. A spokesperson from the family described him as a
hard working young lad who was getting ready for his GCSEs.
The spokesperson said that tragedy had left
the family in 'complete shock'.
"Needless to say they have lost a much loved
and adored son and we are heartbroken," the spokesperson said.
"To say that this was not in Paul's character is an
understatement. He was a great lad and words can't describe the
pain of his loss."
Former Lisburn Mayor James Tinsley said the
accident was a terrible tragedy for the boy's family at a time
when many families were getting ready for Christmas.
He said that it was the second such fatality
on the same stretch of road in four years.
"I would appeal to drivers, especially young
people, to drive with care" he said. "This is a shocking
accident to happen to someone who is so young.
"Whatever the circumstances behind this
accident, a family have been left devastated by this tragedy."
Councillor Thomas Burns said the entire
community has been left shocked..
"There have been a number of accidents in the
area recently and all of them have come at a tragic price." he
"The cold weather has made the roads very